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Acne Scarring Treatment

Scarring left over from acne can have a huge impact on a person’s confidence. Though your acne problem may have been sorted by a combination of products, medication or even just growing out of it, scars can serve as an annoying reminder. Just as there are a range of different types of scarring, there are a fantastic range of treatments available to treat them. All you need is a consultation with skin specialist or dermatologist to work out a tailored treatment plan especially for your skin, that will reduce your scarring and make you feel great.

  • Minor treatments completed in as little as 20 minutes
  • Resurfacing results seen after one session
  • 2-6 sessions reccomended for skin peels/micro-needling
  • 50-70% improvement in skin condition seen
  • Laser resurfacing costs from £150-£200

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Types of Acne Scars

Macular scars

These are darker patches of pigment on the skin, most commonly on the cheeks and foreheads. These red areas often left over from early acne scarring fade by themselves over time but treatments can speed up the process.

Box scars

Box scars are typically round with steep sides, and can resemble chicken pox scars. They are shallow to medium in depth, and have defined edges. These scars respond well to resurfacing and lasers.

Rolling scars

These typically present as undulations or depressions on the skin, and are caused by damage beneath the surface, but may be anchored to deeper structures. Rolling scars are wide and shallow, and can be treated effectively by microneedling.

Ice pick scars

Ice pick scars tend to be deep and narrow, and extend into the lower layer of the skin. In cases where they are quite large, they can resemble open pores. They can be improved by a combination of treatments, especially resurfacing.

So how does Acne Scarring Treatment work?

There are a few different methods for alleviating acne scarring, but all improve the condition of the skin and its overall texture. Here are four examples of acne scarring treatments that give fast, easy, remarkable results.

Advanced skin peels

A common misconception is that the ‘zapped’ hair simply disappears, but new skin pushes out the dead hair as it forms. Further, not many people understand the reason why complete hair reduction requires multiple sessions. Laser hair removal only targets hairs in the anagen (growth) phase. Not all hair actively grows at all times. It requires repeat sessions to target all hairs as they come out of resting phase. On the plus side, even by the second treatment, some patches of hair will have stopped producing new hairs altogether.


Microdermabrasion uses tiny non-allergenic crystals to physically remove the top layer of dead cells from the skin. The treatment is painless, and suitable for sensitive skin. A therapist can target specific zones using the handset, then use the mild suction feature to draw away the crystals and skin debris to reveal an improved smooth complexion. As microdermabrasion is chemical free and non-invasive, it is an extremely safe way to improve acne or acne scarring, dull tired skin, pigmentation, and blemishes.


Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling punctures the top layer of the skin with tiny needles. It creates thousands of tiny contact points, leaving the body’s natural healing process to rejuvenate and repair the skin. It is said to trigger the body to create new collagen and elastin. The treatment can be used in conjunction with serums as applying them topically alongside microneedling can make the products penetrate better. Microneedling corrects uneven skin tone and pigmentation, gives a better texture and firmness to skin, as well as reducing acne scars, pore size, and stretch marks.

Laser resurfacing

Laser resurfacing removes surface cells using laser light, and is able to target specific areas without causing damage to the surrounding healthy skin cells. The procedure regenerates new tissue, meaning it is great at treating stubborn conditions like acne scarring. Laser resurfacing can be performed with different intensities – from lower levels for small rejuvenation to higher intensity for large burns or scars. Removing the top layer leaves new skin taut and smooth, while heat stimulates collagen production, and breaks down scar tissue.

At a glance

Acne scarring treatment made simple


An initial consultation with a clinician will help pinpoint the exact type of acne scarring that is affecting you. Afterwards, the professional clinician can determine the proper form of treatment needed to help clear your skin.


Acne scarring treatments are performed quickly and painlessly, and the effects can generally be seen straight away. With some treatments, there may be a prickling sensation or tightness, but the clinician can use a cold air flow or numbing cream to treat it.


Afterwards the skin may be extremely sensitive. There is some aftercare associated with some treatments such as laser resurfacing, which your trained clinician will prepare you for.


With so many varied options for treatment types and sessions number, prices vary considerably. You can expect to pay around £150-£200 for laser resurfacing. Many clinics offer deals for multiple treatments, or the option to pay in instalments to make it more affordable.


Acne scarring treatment is a convenient way to help eliminate unwanted reminders of acne. Not only does the laser treatment reduce scarring, but it also improves the texture and smoothness of your skin. Also, it can help eliminate the possibility of further breakouts and inflammation by killing bacteria and decreasing oil production.


The results of acne scarring treatments are astounding. Most people notice a 50%-70% improvement in the condition of their skin, and some treatments show these results as quickly as after one session.

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Your questions - answered.

With so many varied options for treatment types and sessions number, prices vary considerably. You can expect to pay around £150-£200 for laser resurfacing. Many clinics offer deals for multiple treatments, or the option to pay in instalments to make it more affordable.

The average procedure time is around 45 mins, though some minor treatments can be completed in as little as 20 minutes.

There is the possibility of some mild discomfort during the treatment, which can be alleviated by anaesthetic cream or cooling method. Sometimes general anaesthetic can be used but this is rare. Laser resurfacing leaves a visible wound, but your practitioner will be able to prescribe pain relief. Some temporary redness or swelling can last for a few days after your treatment.

Anyone is suitable for acne scarring treatment, as with different combinations of methods it can be effective for everyone! Effective for everyone!

The amount of sessions needed massively depends on the type of treatment and the severity of scarring. Results can be seen after just one laser resurfacing, but a course of between 2-6 skin peels or micro-needling is recommended.

The results of acne scarring treatment are permanent. Any acne and subsequent scarring after the treatment can still form and would need more treatments.

Most people notice a 50-75% improvement in the condition of their skin and acne scars after getting acne scarring treatment. It will reduce most scars, but of course is highly dependent on the severity of the case.

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